The book started out well. I loved Sadie right from the very beginning. The sarcasm, the snark. Those are always traits I treasure in a character. The book frequently had me laughing, or just the slightest of smiles at little comments and quirks.
Some of the people reviewing commented that it was a little too obvious who was behind everything. That is totally true. Many times, I actively try not to figure out whodunit in a book — I want to be surprised — and this was definitely the case with this book. And yet, I knew whodunit halfway through.
It also could have done with another editor. I repeatedly found misused words, and overused words, to name a couple things. And I got sick and tired of how often the author used the word “that.” It’s the most commonly overused word in the English language, and by about 30% in, I was getting really frustrated.
Around Chapter 15 or 16, things started to go downhill. Sadie knows what she should do, but she does stupid stuff anyway (I’m trying to avoid spoilers here), making me lose respect for her. She knows better. And then a little bit later, she just makes it worse by breaking the law, and then the entire slate gets wipe clean at the end of the book. Neither she, nor anyone who helped her break the law, get in trouble. Nobody presses charges, even though they have more than enough evidence to do so. The world doesn’t work that way. It just seemed like the author wrote herself into a corner, but wanted it to end a certain way so she wrote the ending all pretty and happy anyway.
That being said, while I find myself frustrated right now, I did actually enjoy the book. Not exceptional, but not terrible either. I got frustrated with her overuse of “that,” but it really wasn’t difficult to read her writing. I wanted to straggle Sadie for being stupid, but all in all, I enjoyed her, as well as some of the other characters in the book. I felt invested in her. I felt compelled to read on, even when I was irritated with her and the author. It was a quick and compelling read. It could have been better.
About the Author
Mia Darien is an indie author of speculative fiction, and a New England Yankee transplanted into Alabama clay. No matter her geography, she continues to stubbornly and rebelliously live the life of her choosing along with her family and pets. She doesn’t miss the snow.